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WASHINGTON — In addition to articles already covered by Native News Online, here is a roundup of other news released from Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country last couple weeks.


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IAC's Policy Briefs Highlight Key Legislation
The Intertribal Agriculture Council highlighted bills that were introduced in Congress during the past two weeks that could affect Tribes and Tribal producers:
H.R.1604 - To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to modify requirements for a meat food product of cattle to bear a "Product of U.S.A." label, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 03/14/2023
Sponsor: Rep. Rosendale Sr., Matthew M. [R-MT-2]
Cosponsors: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17], Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3], Rep. Boebert, Lauren [R-CO-3], Rep. Miller, Mary E. [R-IL-15]
Summary: No bill text as of 03/16/2023
H.R.1532- To authorize any Indian Tribe to lease, sell, convey, warrant, or otherwise transfer real property to which that Indian Tribe holds fee title without the consent of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 03/10/2023
Sponsor: Rep. Hageman, Harriet M. [R-WY-At Large]
Cosponsors: N/A
Summary: No bill text as of 03/16/2023
H.R. 1495S.719 - A bill to amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to establish a precision agriculture loan program, and for other purposes.
Re-Introduced: 03/08/2023
Sponsors: Rep. Feenstra, Randy [R-IA-4]/ Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]
Cosponsors: Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-19], Rep. Tokuda, Jill N. [D-HI-2], Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-4], Rep. Guest, Michael [R-MS-3], Rep. Miller-Meeks, Mariannette [R-IA-1]/ Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
Summary: No 118th Congress bill text as of 03/16/2023. The 117th Congress bill text establishes a loan program within the Farm Service Agency to assist agricultural producers in purchasing precision agriculture equipment, such as geospatial mapping, data management and analytics software, and network connectivity products and solutions.
TTAC Held Its Meeting at the Treasury Department 
The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee (TTAC) met at the U.S. Department of Treasury on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 for its 10th meeting. Opening remarks were made Chief Marilynn "Lynn" Malerba (Mohegan), the treasurer of the United States
TTAC's subcommittee on dual taxation reported they held a re-consultation about their report on February 28, 2023. Comments are being accepted until March 31, 2023.
Meeting minutes will be available of the TTAC meeting on the Department of the Treasury's TTAC page where previous TTAC meeting minutes are locatd. 
30 Tribes & Organizations Awarded Total of $3 Million in Tribal Tourism Grants from Indian Affairs

The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development announced on Thursday, March 16, 2023 that more than $3 million in Tribal Tourism Grant Program funding to 30 federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations. The grants, which range in value from $30,000 to $150,000, are funded for one-year.

“Empowering Tribal Nations to build their economies through the Tribal Tourism Grant Program is part of Indian Affairs’ mission to support Tribal self-determination and sovereignty,” Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland (Bay Mills Indian Community) said. “Revitalizing Tribal economies is key to our goal of making lives better for people in Tribal communities as we work to undo the harms caused by policies of the past.”

The Tribal Tourism Grant Program supports tribal economic development and fulfills the mission of the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act, also known as the NATIVE Act, by providing funding for tribes to conduct feasibility studies to help them make informed decisions about potential tourism projects.

Tribe or Tribal Organization 




Haida Corporation 




Hualapai Tribal Council 

Peach Springs 



Muscogee (Creek) Nation 




Village of Kaktovik (AKA Barter Island) 




Mesa Grande Business Development Corporation 




Penobscot Indian Nation 

Indian Island 



Blackfeet Tribe 




Bay Mills Indian Community 




Spirit Lake Tribe 

Fort Totten 

North Dakota 


Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 




The Chickasaw Nation 




Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas 




Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 


New Mexico 


Crow Tribe of Indians 

Crow Agency 



Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness 




Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee, Inc. 

Cass Lake 



Burns Paiute Tribe 




Oneida Indian Nation 


New York 


Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation 




Northern Arapaho Tribe 




Rosebud Sioux Tribe 


South Dakota 


Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana 




Nansemond Indian Nation 




Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior
Chippewa Indians 




Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California 




Sitka Tribe of Alaska 




Nez Perce Tribe 




Elk Valley Rancheria, California 

Crescent City 



Chippewa Cree Tribe 

Box Elder 



Native Village of Chenega 





Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to Deliver National Statement at UN 2023 Water Conference 

The United States Mission to the United Nations announced Wednesday, March 15, 2023, the U.S. delegation to the UN 2023 Water Conference, to be held March 22-24, 2023, at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States to the United Nations, will serve as Heads of Delegation to the conference. Secretary Haaland will deliver the national statement on behalf of the United States on Wednesday, March 22.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will deliver remarks on Thursday, March 23 at the United States-hosted event, “Stronger through Water” on the margins of the UN 2023 Water Conference.

For more information, visit: https://sdgs.un.org/conferences/water2023

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